About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: 9194936699x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
We elected to have our dinner on the pat ...
We elected to have our dinner on the patio, overlooking the golf course. The weather was nice and there was a slight breeze. The hostess was most accommodating to providing us with a fantastic table. Service was quick, and our waitress was very attentive. She was knowledgeable of the menu and preparations. The wine list was adequate, although not overly extensive. But, nice quality wines nonetheless. Our food was prepared to our satisfaction, and in an acceptable timeframe. This was a very nice dining experience for us. Price of the dinner was appropriate for the level of service, ambiance and quality of the food.
My wife and I celebrated our 51st weddin ...
My wife and I celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary at the Fairview Dining Room. It was a memorable and very enjoyable experience. From the moment that we were welcomed by several members of the staff to the moment we departed we felt that not only was our anniversary a special day but that we were also special.
Everything was perfect. The service. the food, the atmosphere, the attention to detail and the personal touch that our server, Samantha, was able to provide.
We could not have asked for anything more to make our Fairview experience more enjoyable.
This was our first visit to this restaurant but we plan to make several more -- even if it's not a special occasion .
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful annive ...
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner at the Fairview Dining Room. We both tried seafood - crabcakes for my wife, scallops for me. We raved about the flavors and the accompaniments all evening. Comfortable seating, quiet ambience, very attentive service -- all made it a special occasion. Spectacular wine list. It was our second time there, and it won't be our last.
My wife and I celebrated our 53rd Weddin ...
My wife and I celebrated our 53rd Wedding Anniversary in the Fairview Dining Room and had a mixed experience. The service and ambience were perfect as well as the Seared Tuna salad and Marinated Strawberry & Fig salad. We were however somewhat disappointed in the entrée quality. My wife's Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop was virtually tasteless and partially saved by the bacon lardon-red pea confit. My Roasted Lamb Rack was very disappointing in meat quality and preparation. It was the worst cut of lamb I have ever experienced. Paying $37 for a split of Moet Chandon was certainly not a good value. The evening ended on a high note with Chocolate Lava cake and the best coffee we have ever drank.
Lovely food and dining atmosphere. Our ...
Lovely food and dining atmosphere. Our seafood was excellent, perfectly cooked and lovely in presentation. The same was true of the pork chop. This restaurant has such a nice, luxurious ambiance, providing a good place to have conversations since the overall dining room is quieter than most places. The service was precise and efficient. Good place to go.
We went out for our 36th anniversary. Ha ...
We went out for our 36th anniversary. Had heard good things about this restaurant and were excited to try them. The service was a bit slow and there was a lot of sitting and waiting between courses. We brought a bottle of very expensive wine from our cellar that we had to ask to be decanted. Most restaurants when seeing that you have a "nice" bottle of wine do that without having to be asked. When it was poured into the decanter it was not done properly. It was poured into the decanter like pouring a bottle of water into a glass. I ordered a filet medium rare and when it arrived it was well done. My husband was completely done with his meal by the time mine was returned to me cooked properly. Overall we were very disappointed and will not make a return visit.
Upscale hotel dining room. Ordered a qu ...
Upscale hotel dining room. Ordered a quiche this time, which was not as good as I might have hoped (rather tasteless and a little watery), but the breads were excellent and the dessert awesome, while the salad was quite good. Service was relatively quick, so parents of well behaved youngsters would not find them antsy, but it is clearly more suitable for adults and youngsters on treat behavior. This was a fixed price special with a limited menu, but have also been for brunch in the past, which was quite elegant.
This may seem silly but if you like Fren ...
This may seem silly but if you like French fries get them here because they are perfect. I didn't even use ketchup they are that good. We came here for Restaurant Week lunch and the choices were amazing and all for such a reasonable price. Amazing waitstaff and nice and comfy booths.
Elegant and Delicious
My friend and I were here for lunch during Restaurant Week. The ambience, décor and service are all impeccable. The food is delicious. I started with the WA Shrimp, Bacon and Corn Chowder which was tasty and just enough to not fill us up before the entrée. We both had the grilled salmon with the beet puree and cucumbers. I asked for it medium well and should have had medium but in spite of that it wasn't dry at all and was perfectly seasoned and slightly blackened. Our dessert was a sampler and the Crème Brulee' was the hands down winner there. I've never been here for dinner but it is now definitely on my to do list.
Nice time during Restaurant Week
The Fairview, located inside Washington Duke Inn, is one of those places that you just take for granted because it's always been there. But do yourself a favor and GO there, for the food, the service, and the ambiance. It's a great place for business, a special occasion, or to just treat yourself.
The food, service, and ambiance are charming. We went for lunch during Triangle Restaurant Week and had a full 3-course meal for $15 (only available during Triangle Restaurant Week). All the food was delicious and clearly prepared with skill and pride.
Hopefully a Bad Night
My husband and I arrived 1 & 1/2 hour before closing. Our date started off promising, but quickly declined. My salad was nothing special, my wahoo was overcooked and tough, I did hear the waiter call it swordfish, my husband's filet was beautiful, but cold. The bright spots of our meal were the wine and the crème brulee. We ate here 2 years ago and had a much better experience. Perhaps, they were having a bad night. I definitely want to give a huge compliment to the pianist, that was the highlight.
Piano interferred with conversation
The 6 of us were seated in an alcove to ourselves, which we thought would be great for conversation. That hope was short lived when the nearby grand piano came to life. In fairness, our ears are 70+ years old. The other patrons were likely less challenged. Next time we'll be sure to ask about the seating and hope to be able to hear without straining someone sitting across from us without their raising their voices. Somewhat marred an otherwise very nice dining experience.
Attentive Dining Experience
We decided to try this country club restaurant when we spent the night in Durham, since the online menu had a sunset prix fix menu, which had some interesting choices. The restaurant has wonderful views of the golf course and grounds. Our server Nathaniel was extremely attentive. We had to ask the hostess for the prix fix menu, though, and thought it should have been given to us without asking. That was the only downside. For our first course, I enjoyed the shrimp and corn chowder and my husband liked his unusual nettle (herb) chilled soup. He enjoyed the sliced sirloin for his main entree, and I thought my salmon dish was well prepared and perfect. For dessert, we enjoyed a medley of small bites.
We LOVE the Fairview Restaurant!
We have eaten here many times. The filet mignon is delicious, as are any of the fish dishes that we have eaten. I would trust them on anything you order. The service is top notch, and the wine list is extensive. Often there is a piano player, who has happily played some requests for us. The atmosphere is quiet, the music is background. Our twenty-something children love it as much as we do! We have also gone for brunch and the brunch dessert bar is wonderful! The restaurant is not inexpensive, but we feel that you do get what you are paying for!
Fabulous graduation celebration spot
My family and I adored dining at the Fairview. The food was delicious but the real jewel is the phenomenal and attentive service. The small touch of a special dessert saying congratulations really put the evening on the map. Definitely recommending the Fairview to all of my friends for any upcoming events or even a nice dinner out.
Teacher Appreciation Day
Thanks to Fairview Dining Room for recognizing Durham Public School teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. I used this as a good excuse to take my mother out to celebrate her students' AP exam success. We had an early reservation and were able to take advantage of the 3-course early dinner special menu. The service was excellent. The food was interesting with unique combinations of local ingredients - my mother was especially impressed with the beet and potato side for her salmon. We were also pleasantly surprised with the chocolate mousse dessert - it tasted like it was garnished with maracuya, which was a lovely flavor to conclude the dinner.
Wa Du Brunch
We have eaten at the Washington Duke on several occasions and typically the service is spot on! However, this morning it was quite slow, the server was not particularly attentive; had to request coffee refills several times, was slow getting back with specific requests, coffee and soup were both lukewarm. The food, however, especially the divine dessert bar was, as always, excellent!
Disappointed and some food unacceptable!
Took my grandson for him to enjoy a real dining experience. Disappointed! My chowder was passible but my shrimp-crab louis awful. Canned or popcorn shrimp, invisible crab meat, small piece of bibb lettuce. His 12oz New York strip was okay but he stated that he had had better elsewhere. He did like his shrimp cocktail (real shrimp ). For their reputation and $90.00+ tab I certainly expected better. You can spend your dining dollars better elsewhere./
Can't recall having better service at an ...
Can't recall having better service at any restaurant.
Period. Truly outstanding.
Five despite servers and the food manager bid us farewell calling me by my name each time as we left.
A name they only learned of when we came to dine. Outstanding.
A good experience
We enjoyed the setting at Fairview. We were staying in this beautifully set hotel on the campus of Duke University and we enjoyed our whole stay. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting and very romantic. The food was average, but the service was over the top. Overall we enjoyed our experience there.
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